Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 23: Rhino and Day 24: Owl

I really was very excited for drawing a rhino, but then I got all busy and stuff, so he remains half-finished:

This is Mark, and he is a baby rhino: he's only about 1 year old, but that's about 10 in people years. He really wanted to have his suit on for his drawing, since it is his first one and he just got it last week, but we ran out of time. He has heard all about poachers stealing rhino horns and thinks that if he paints his green maybe they will be less desirable, even though he thinks it looks rad. He painted his toenails to match, just for this picture. Anyway, Mark lives in Montana, where his parents are ranch hands and have been ever since they had him and escaped the cult they had been living in in Utah. Mark doesn't remember the cult, but it really turned his parents off religion, so he has to lie to them when his friends invite him to the Lutheran lock-in and tell them he's going to an all night concert instead.

For "owl" I decided to see if I could still paint at all, and the answer is: Kind of.

I went for traditional colors on Madeline here, not only because that is what color she actually is, but also because most of my paints, which hadn't been used in half a decade, were all dried up, with the exception of the browns. Anyway, Madeline is an owl model, so she was more than happy to sit for my "doodle" here. Unlike the owl stereotype, she is not very smart at all, and she dropped out of school after the 8th grade to go to New York to model. She's doing pretty well in this market, which is kind of mad for owls, particularly cute ones with giant eyes. Madeline was a very sweet owl before starting this career, but now she has gotten a big head and sometimes throws temper tantrums when her iced coffee is too weak or they accidentally get her cheddar instead of mozzarella cheese sticks. She's very particular about her cheese.